A Revolutionary Affair

As the Divine Director of the Logie-winning, extremely popular current affairs show ‘Revolutionary Affairs’ I have come to your class seeking people to join my team of reporters. By now you will each have been given an event that contributed to the French Revolution. It is now up to you to prove to me and my network that you can go and grab a damn good story.

According to the event you have been given, answer this question:

“How did [insert event] contribute to the downfall of the Old Regime in France?”

Provide 3 sources to support your answer, with at least one of them being visual, and at least one other also being a primary source.

Present your findings as a video news report – as though it is a current event that is happening now, or has just happened. As the Divine Director I will be the news person at the desk in the studio who crosses to each of you live.

Make sure you find out –

* what the event was
* who was involved
* when it happened
* what event/s led to it happening
* what other events is it related to?
* what effect did this event have on the downfall of the Old Regime?

You may present your piece in the style of:

* ABC News
* A Current Affair/Today Tonight
* 60 Minutes
* or whatever else takes your fancy.

You each have a different event to report on, but when it gets to the video making part you will need to work in pairs. That means that if you need to interview someone about your event, then you need to write a script for them as they won’t have studied your event. Make sure you help each other to get your reports done. As many of you can appear in as many reports as needed, just make sure that you have covered the event to which you have been assigned.

This task will help you prepare for Outcome 1 which states that you should be able to analyse and evaluate the role of ideas, leaders, movements and events in the development of the revolution.

You should spend Tuesday and Thursday’s class researching and preparing for your video, and Friday’s class actually filming your news report. We want to watch them on Tuesday. An audience will be invited.

Image is: Say Cheez

Revolutionary Paragraphs

Hello Revolutionaries! Sorry I’m not there for class today. Fortunately I’ve been able to set you a rigorous task so you don’t get bored…..:-) I can jut hear you jumping up and down with excitement!

Oh, but before I go on – congrats on your little Enlightenment class on Friday. You all did very well and I got some really great feedback from the teachers about how much they enjoyed having that conversation with you. Excellent!

Ok, now to this week’s work – on StudyWiz there are 4 documents – Paragraph Task 1, 2, 3, 4. You will need to get hold of these sheets – whether it be having an electronic copy or by printing them out. You then need to fill in each paragraph. (If you keep them on you computer you won’t be able to edit them as they are pdf. If you don’t want to print them, just retype the question in word and write it up there). 100-150 words each will be enough. to get the answers you will need to go back over your notes as well as do a bit further research. Thankfully I have written up a couple of posts that will help you do internet based research –

Better Googling and

Searching WITHOUT Google

Read through these posts, and watch the videos about using Google more effectively to get better results and then try out some of the tricks by searching for the information you need to write your paragraphs. (Make sure they are all in your own words and you have used at least three references for each one!) Record what the references are for each paragraph as well as HOW you found the reference. For example, make a note of the exact search term you put in to Google, or what search term you put in to one of the other search engines listed on the Searching WITHOUT Google post.

Also, don’t forget the websites that are already bookmarked in the Diigo group, as well as the great links that are on the vcehistory.info website. You have today’s class and Thursday’s class to finish the 8 paragraphs. Take the time to do them well as they will make EXCELLENT revision notes later on, as well as great places to go back to to grab sentences for exam essays. Write up your paragraphs for yourself, but also add them to your ning page. Create a new blog post for each new paragraph. That way we can see what everyone has written. You can even write them in character if you like, which might make them a bit more interesting.

As you are going along with your research, start drawing up lists of events and people that you will be able to plot on to a mind map at the end of the week.

Work well and see you on Thursday!

P.S If you can’t get to StudyWiz I have emailed the documents to Peter and he should be able to email them to one of you to print off or something like that.

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C20th History Week 5 – Comparison of Ideologies

Audio version of this post: c20thhistoryweek5

Excuse my absence this week dear students, I am on Year 12 camp. I will see you on Thursday. In the meantime, I have a task or two to set you – how unlike me! 🙂

Your task is to work in pairs and research the attitudes of the Nazis in Germany, the Fascists in Italy and the Communists in Russia and China to the following things:

  • race  (what races were these ideologies against?)
  • the function of the state (how the country should be run and what it should do for its people)
  • individual and state (how did these ideologies view the importance of individuals in comparison to the state?)
  • gender (how did these ideologies view men and women?)
  • social class (working class, upper class etc)
  • democracy (the people having a say and a vote)
  • nationalism (was it an important part of the ideology?)

(Don’t forget to have another look at the reading you got a couple of classes ago. That has something about Nazi policies in it).

As you are completing your research, make sure you are keeping the information in an easy to understand table for future reference. When you are done, you need to present the information to everyone else. You can choose any number of ways to do this:

  • set up an interview role play situation and make a movie
  • use KeyNote – but make sure it includes a voice recording, not just slides with dot points cause that is really BORING
  • use Xtranormal and create a short 3D movie. It’s pretty straightforward to use. Just sign up, type up your script, select a few details and it’s done.

But WAIT! Before you go any further, there is something else you have to do. It’s all very well to have a topic and head off to the world wide web to reserach it, but unless you are very good at using Google, that can be a confusing thing to do. So, I want you to go to this blog post called ‘Better Googling‘ and watch the videos (which you will also find on the K drive in StudentShare), click on the links and in your comparison table, make sure you note down where you got your information from as well as HOW you found it – which search trick you used. You need to also watch out for the next blog post called ‘Searching WITHOUT Google.’

Make sure that with your reserach you can show that you have used Google in AT LEAST three different ways AND have used AT LEAST three sites OTHER THAN Google to search for your info.

I expect that this task will be completed by the end of class on Friday.

Some key terms to be using in your searches: policy, communism, communist, nazi, nazism, fascist, fascism, gender, race, nationalism, attitude, social class.

See you on Thursday – I’m expecting that you would have made a VERY decent start by then, even if some of it has to be done at home.

Image is sick building.

Oral Histories

Working in pairs:

Find an oral history of someone who has survived the Holocaust. Start at http://www.tellingstories.org 

Go to http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/resource/VR.htm and watch a virtual movie of the camp relevant to the story you just listened to.

Do further research on the main points of the story – events, places etc.

Be prepared to report back to the class and tell the story of the person you researched.

Crisis, Conflict and a Piano

Just to continue from the discussion we ran out of time to finish the other day, talk to the people at your table to answer the following questions:

  • What is the crisis you were reading about?
  • What is the conflict you were reading about?
  • What is the difference between crisis and conflict?
  • What political ideology created / caused the crisis and conflict you were reading about?
  • From what you have read and seen how accurate do you think ‘The Pianist’ is?
Now, in small groups you will be assigned part of the wiki to fill in. There are still plenty of bits of information that need to be completed. One group will also be charged with starting a new page on political ideologies. The ones in question are: fascism, communism, nationalism, and internationalism. It is important that you can explain these four ideologies.
Speaking of tricky words – it’s also time to start your own glossary. We will start one of the wiki as well, but it will be handy for you to start your own list of words you aren’t familiar with. ALL of you will be coming across new words and concepts in this subject, so it is really important that you identify what you aren’t all that sure of, find the definitons and then be able to USE them in your work and class discussions. 
Create a Comic Life (or something similar) that explains what ‘fascism‘ is. 
Two websites you can use for this are: Toondoo and MakeBeliefscomix